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The Kenmare Tompion, No. 291 circa 1697

The Kenmare Tompion, No. 291 circa 1697

A superb type 3 burr walnut month-going long case clock.


Height

7 feet 10 inches.

Case

Case of superb burr walnut veneers onto an oak carcass, with caddy top and three brass ball finials, pierced walnut sound fret, above brass-capped Doric columns, convex throat mouldings, rectangular trunk door numbered 291 and 9 on the leading edge, cyma mouldings to the cross- banded plinth raised on walnut skirting.

Dial

11 inch gilt-brass dial signed Tho: Tompion Londini Fecit below the silvered chapter ring, blued-steel hands, matted centre with seconds ring and date aperture, shuttered winding holes, shutter lever to left edge of dial, double-screwed Indian-mask-and-scroll spandrels, latched dial feet.

Movement

6 by 8⅛ inch plates with five six latched baluster pillars, going train with anchor escapement, bolt-and-shutter maintaining power, large external count-wheel on the back plate, punch-numbered 291 at the base.

Duration

One month.

Provenance

The Earls of Kenmare, Kenmare House, later renamed Killarney House Co. Kerry, Ireland, Private collection Ireland, thence by descent.

Literature

Evans, Carter & Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 years, 2013, p.470-1.

Escapement

Anchor

No. 291 is one of a very small number of Tompion’s 11 inch dial month-going burr walnut clocks that survive with their cases complete and entirely intact.

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Product Description

No. 291 is one of a very small number of Tompion’s 11 inch dial month-going burr walnut clocks that survive with their cases complete and entirely intact.

Additional information

Dimensions 5827373 cm